racing the sun, trying to get to school on time; I can see the fluffy white
clouds floating and the sun rays poking around them. I was excited to gather up
with my team to discuss our project that they were about to present in front of
the judges and many fellow students.
We had our project all sorted out, everyone had their
own part and we had two presenters. I had a good feeling about this project,
especially that my team had the two best public speakers. We were going to win,
I just knew it!
I finally reached school, I rushed to go see my team mates,
so we can start practicing before they go on stage. There she is, Sarah, I can
see her rushing from a distance. I wave continuously to get her attention, she
had a tight and worried look on her face. She finally notices me, lets a huge breath
out and gets relieved.
“Thank god I was worried that you wouldn’t make it as
well and we’d fail” Sarah said, while forcing the script into my hand. It
was then that I realized; Yasmeen, the second presenter, couldn’t make it which
only meant one thing. I HAD to present instead of her.
It was that moment when I found out that I will be the
one presenting along with Sarah. At that same moment I couldn’t feel my legs,
they were glued to the floor. My eyes opened wide and my mouth dropped. My
eyebrows pushed close to one another to form an irritated vertical line between
my eyebrows and my heart was racing.
I asked if she can present our project alone, but she
said presenting it would require two people because we were going to perform a
dialogue type of explanation. I didn’t know what to do, I never performed on
stage. Just the thought of preforming on stage in front of hundreds of people
made me feel nauseous.
“Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to 2016’s project show”
said the speaker. We were waiting backstage, I was nervously practicing my lines.
Our turn was up, while getting up on the stage, my legs were shaking, I had to
pull myself up. Sarah started introducing herself and she looked over at me, so
I can introduce myself. I froze like an iceberg. I can see the audience whispering
to each other, I felt them judging me. I could hear my heart pounding as I felt
my sweaty nervous palms press against the cold mike.
Sarah looked over at me and whispered “it’s going to
be okay.” The determination overcame my fear, “My name is Maram Nasr and we’re
here to present our project…” and that was it, the words flew smoothly, and it
was over in a blink of an eye. The crowd stood and there was a tremendous burst
of applause, I actually loved it! It made me feel surprisingly confident.
Our project won first place, I felt on top of the
world that day. This experience made me more outgoing which is a point that I,
as a shy girl, would’ve never expected to reach.